Or I shall live your epitaph to make,
Sonnet 81 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It's a member of the Fair Youth sequence, in which the poet expresses his love towards a young man. The sonnet is notable because all possible pairs of its lines, excluding 2-3 and 10-11, may form a complete sentence.
Whether the poet outlives the youth or vice versa the youth will live forever, though the poet be forgotten. The youth will live in the poetry, to be recognised by generations yet unborn.